Valentines Day Activities!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a Happy Valentines Day! Today I wanted to post to talk about what you all could do for next year, or any upcoming events. I probably should’ve posted this before, but oh well….it will get you all planning for next year! Hopefully….

Whether you’re single or with someone on Valentines Day, a romantic movie never falters.

I think everyone has seen the Notebook by now, but I know that not everyone has seen A Walk to Remember. One of my favorite books and romantic movies. It’s just so sweet and will leave you in tears. So grab a bucket of ice cream, a large spoon, and a box of tissues as you prepare to ball your eyes out.

Or go on an adventure and try something new! Grab your significant other or a couple of friends and hit up a mom and pop shop. One that I highly recommend is this Chinese resteraunt called Eggroll King which is on Brookhurst and Adams. The manager is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and of course the food is delicious. Definitely order their house special noodle soup, so good!

 

 

Or go gain some culture! Go visit LACMA the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or any other kind of art museum. Even if you’re not all that in to art it will be an experience to remember as you both can make up funny stories, make fun of the art (I could’ve made that), or gather each other’s perspectives on it, (a friend’s or significant other’s).

Or go to a sporting event and support a favorite team of yours or your significant other’s. (Men love sports and food girls). Personally, I love the Angels, so put me at an Angel game and I’m in love. It’s all about Mike Trout man. While most couples might be at the movie theaters, I think it’d be really cool to go to a sporting event and cheer on the team! Basketball and baseball are common favorites and will definitely make Valentines Day exciting.

No matter what you do this or next Valentine’s Day or in the future, make sure that you’re happy and having fun! And you don’t have to listen to my advice, you can always derive inspiration from Pinterest, the internet, your own imagination, or a teacher’s powerpoint (thank you to my English teacher for inspiring this post). It doesn’t matter if you’re single or with someone this holiday/next/in the future have fun, because heck you deserve it!

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What my “Teddy Bear” Needed and What many others desperately need

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For those who have visited my blog before, you may know that I have a dog named Finley. Finley is a Jack Russell Terrier (possibly a mix) puppy. However, some of you may not know that I have another dog named Roscoe. Yes Roscoe, as in Roscoe’s fried chicken and waffles. My parents agreed on bringing one dog into the family from the pound, but when I met both dogs I was at a stalemate. I couldn’t decide. We could adopt Finley, he was adorable, sweet, and loved to lick my face. He was so cute, and in such high demand. There were about 7 families during the time we were looking at him, who wanted to know if he was up for adoption because they wanted him. Or we could pick Roscoe. Roscoe is 4 years old and he’s half Cardigan and half Welsh Corgi. Whenever I looked at him he had this pant that looked liked he was smiling, he had such charisma. It was a hard choice. When we put them next to each other though, they got along, so we decided to get them both (thanks mom and dad!).

However, Finley and Roscoe weren’t my original choices.

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This is Frankie. At the beginning of summer, I went to the animal shelter once and I saw this dog. I was absolutely in love with him. I was heartbroken, he was so sweet, gentle and cute. He was being looked over though for a few reasons: 1. he was a senior dog, not many people want seniors because they have less time to enjoy the dog, 2. he had some “hot spots” on his skin, from a rash or something, it made him appear ill. 3. he was a long haired weiner dog, long haired dogs shed. To see his happy face in this dark and dreary cell was terrible. The pavement is wet because the workers hose it down in the morning to clean off the feces, so the dogs were always shivering. There aren’t a lot of donations or funds of nice and warm blankets. If they had anything, they would get holey, ragged towels. I wanted him so bad, but my parents wouldn’t let me have him. So I became determined to find a better life for him, a life with me. I made a contract with my parents, if I did my chores every single day and got signatures from them 2x a day as proof then I would be able to get a dog. The contract ended at the end of summer. I thought I could do it, I was determined to find Frankie a better home, I loved the dog so much and watching him suffer was terrible. I made his picture my phone wallpaper and visited him almost every week. No one really understood my love for him, they just cast him aside as an “option,” my mom would say he’s too old. My grandparents looked over and said “he’s ugly” or “why does he look so ill?”

Unfortunately, I was never able to make him mine. The week before my contract was over I went to visit him. I was so excited to finally make him mine, and tell the ladies that work there that I could take him home. He had just been swept up by a rescue. The rescue didn’t like the treatment or attention he was receiving so they took him to the Los Angeles Dachshund Rescue. I was crushed, my parents weren’t even that into the idea of adopting Frankie in the first place, the fact that he was in L.A. made it harder. Not to mention the new shelter was very strict on who could adopt their dogs, it didn’t look like our house would pass the inspection for a dachshund.

So here on my blog I propose an idea to the world, a lesson to be learned from this story. Please. Go adopt. Give a pet a loving home, you will be surprised on how much they will melt your heart and brighten your day. They will immediately turn from pet to family. Especially if it’s a senior, I know they don’t live as long, but think of the impact you make on that animal. It’s a need we need to feed. An animal’s need. An animal who is crying every night, just dreaming of having a loving and caring family like you.

Feeding a Mom’s need of sweets for kids & Easy Clean Up

This post is a combined food and fun category. Some moms deal with the frustration of sweet items for their kids, with easy clean up. I mean, candy is okay, if you’re willing to deal with the possibility of sticking in hair, or with blue fingers or tongues. That isn’t a pretty sight. What you need is some good, old fashioned ice cream. The kind that brings kids to the yard, where they have to make their own ice cream, so they can appreciate the ice cream they have as well as a delicious treat. This activity is great for kids because they will be so tuckered out after making the ice cream, that after eating it they may be off to bed soon after.

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The end product should sort of resemble this. If my instructions are in anyway confusing, there are copies or different versions of it on the internet, so don’t fret. This is just the recipe my mom used, and tips I have learned from making this “ice cream” in a bag.

Materials:

I gallon sized Ziploc Bag

1/2 cup of rock salt (just about any salt will work, but if the salt is in bigger chunks it works better)

Ice Cubes

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1 pint size ziploc bag (this is where the actual ice cream will be made)

1 cup of half and half

2 tablespoons of sugar (but if you like a lot a sugar, you may add more. However, if you add too much the texture may start to feel grainy).

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Optional: Any additional ice cream toppings, e.g whip cream, sprinkles, etc.

1. Get the gallon size ziploc bag and fill the bag about half way full with ice. Then add in the rock salt.

2. Get the pint size ziploc bag and fill the bag with the half and half, sugar, and vanilla. Put in harder toppings as well, such as chocolate chips or nuts.

3. Place the the pint size bag into the gallon size bag between all the ice.

4. Shake the bag non-stop for 5-10 minutes, this will cause the ice cream to harden. Feel the pint size bag, but don’t stop shaking the bag until desired hardness is achieved.

5. Grab a spoon and enjoy the ice cream right out of the bag!

Tips:

– The salt in the bag, causes the temperature of the ice to drop, which causes the ice ice cream to freeze faster. Adding salt decreases the temperature, but after this is done, do not add in anymore ice. The ice will raise the temperature and it will take longer for the ice cream to freeze.

– If you want more of a soft serve ice cream, then an approach that works is to shake the bag for about 5 minutes, then stop for 5 minutes, then shake it again. Repeat this process for about 15 or 20 minutes.

– If you want to make a bunch of ice cream, or just make it more scoopable, then shake the bag for about 15 minutes, then place it in the freezer for an hour.

The ice cream is delicious, simple, and hey no mess, no dishes to wash, just baggies to throw away. It’s a fun activity as well, and shows the magic of how ice cream is created and really taught me to appreciate the time and effort that goes into making ice cream. I hope you all try this soon in the future, and happy ice cream making !